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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace: 600 have already registered

Bolzano, 27 June 2019 - The 600 extreme athletes from 25 different nations who have already registered will have to wait another month before they can take part in the seventh edition of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. In the coming weeks, however, many more athletes are expected to join their ranks to tackle the renowned extreme mountain run along the horseshoe shaped Hufeisen tour in the Sarntal Alps from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 July.      

Four weeks before the starting signal at Piazza Walther in Bolzano, the majority of the athletes come from the hosting country, Italy.  With around 300 entries, they account for half of all registrations, the majority of which (just under 75 percent) come from South Tyrol. The South Tyrol Ultra Skyrace has experienced a real boom in Germany this year. 140 runners, almost 24 percent of the total, come from there.

Switzerland and Austria have also recorded strong gains. "We are especially happy that we will have 15 athletes from the USA at the start. We will also be welcoming athletes from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Peru and China. Internationality was an important aspect for us right from the start, because we want to convey to the participants the beauty of our mountain world with perhaps the best view of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. Current data proves that we are on the right track," Chair of the Organising Committee, Josef Günther Mair, explained.

Registrations close on Wednesday, 17 July

The organizers are convinced that the entries will rise sharply in the coming weeks and days. Registrations on the official website www.suedtirol-ultraskyrace.it don’t close until Wednesday, 17 July. The original distance of 121 km covers an elevation gain of 7554 meters. The record winner is Alexander Rabensteiner from South Tyrol, who won the extreme mountain run four times. Among the women, local athlete Annemarie Gross won three times.  

In less than a month, top levels of fitness are also required for the other three routes of the South Tyrolean extreme sports event. Like the approximately half as long Südtirol Skyrace (69 km/3930 m altitude differential), the Südtirol Sky Marathon (42 km/2863 m altitude differential), and the Südtirol Skyrace (27 km/ 1027 m altitude differential) which was introduced last year and is especially suitable for trail beginners.

Foto: Harald Wisthaler

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